Together with Isabel viajamos a la ciudad de Tarapoto, al norte, en la Selva. Rio Mayo, just before reaching the city… and finally, the heat hit me when the airplane’s door open.
8 am: A dream come true: SURFING! I was able to stand on the table and go with the wave from beginning to end! ( no picture, though, where were you Jean?). I just LOVE it!!
Afternoon: Visit to the Museo del Oro: all about pre-inca civilizations and the use of gold. Gold was associated with their God, the sun! There are so many pre-inca civilizations, each with their own stories that I advice you all to google them. They are fascinating. Sorry, no pictures were allowed.
Tomorrow: 5:45 am I am heading to the airport together with Isabel to catch the flight to Tarapoto, in San Martin, the place of cocoa plants and chocolate !!
Where can you find temples (7, one of top of the other!) made out of clay? In Lima, of course! The bricks were shaped into bricks using sea shells and clay and they were made to fit so well that no earthquake was able to destroy the walls! And the Huaca Pucllana restaurant beside the ruins had many oddities, like that table. Can you image yourself driving the bicycle with all that fruit? Apparently someone from Lima can! But discovering that Lissy owns a Beetle was the best found. What do you think Gammel?
Not only did I meet Lima-Uniterra’s team but I also got to do many things with my friend’s Maritza family. The Uniterra team celebrated Rosa’s birthday at Punto Azul on my day 1 and they took me along. Way to start my stay in Peru!, drinking chicha, and fish!
Lissy, Maritza’s cousin, beside feeding me and taking me to places, introduced me to Manuel and Silvia, who might help with my chocolate endeavors. Su, Maritza’s sister
took me on a wonderful city tour including ruins, the Huaca Pucllana and the bridge of the suspiros. Magda put together a wonderful lunch, and I even got to see Emilio and Martin.
Can not wait any longer. Air Canada is ready and I am more than ready, I am impatient to catch up with some sleep in the airplane. Because of this blog, my last 3 nights were spent learning how to do it!!
Saying good bye to Food Science at University of Guelph for only 3 and 1/2 weeks. I will be back soon enough
I am eager to start my work with Nativos Chocolates Amazonicos in Tarapoto!. I hope to use my knowledge about GMP and HACCP paired up with chocolate crystallization to help this company grow even more.
Getting excited about my assignment. 3 more sleeps and I am off. Peru, here I come!